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Tattoo Book
It's estimated that one in four Americans has at least one tattoo. Once associated with criminality (at least in certain cultures), tattoos have become overwhelmingly common. This is not new news. Taking a deeper look into the phenomenon, contemporary...
DESIGN
The Handpoker by Death at Sea
Brooklyn studio Death at Sea turns to a time-honored craft for its latest 3D-printed offering, with the Handpoker—a tool for stick-and-poke tattoos. Death at Sea designer Matt Cavanaugh created the one-piece construction in stainless steel so it...
STYLE
Temporary Ink with TATTOOTATTAA
The permanence of a bonafide tattoo isn't for everyone, but when the weather heats up it's hard to deny how fun it can be to express yourself with a little artwork on some bare skin. Tattly's serious rise in popularity over the years speaks to this...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. The Electric Eel and Open-Source Sex Toys You can never predict the wild and exciting results of a hackathon, and yet two UPenn students truly changed the game with "Electric Eel." This Arduino microcontroller-powered sex toy zaps waves of low...
DESIGN
Interview: Joseph Ari Aloi aka JK5
by Hugh Hart Joseph Ari Aloi graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1994 armed with dozens of sketchbooks, self-described ADD, a set of tattoo implements and a headful of eye-popping mythologies inspired variously by Star Wars, Sanskrit...
CULTURE
Interview: Marisa Kakoulas and Margot Mifflin on Tattooing in the New Millennium
All things counter culture reach a point of popularity where they cease to exist exclusively in the periphery—some just take longer than others to reach the tipping point. Tattooing, for example, has existed for thousands of years, yet only in the...
CULTURE
WoodSnap
The concept of printing images on unconventional materials—be it food or fabric—has been around for years. Yet rarely do the results do the original image justice. California-based WoodSnap aims to prove wood is an answer with their 10-step tattoo...
CULTURE
Black Tattoo Art 2
In 2009 tattoo expert and enthusiast Marisa Kakoulas released "Black Tattoo Art: Modern Expressions of the Tribal," an extensive catalog of traditionally inspired and executed tattoos that has become known to many as the "Bible of Blackwork Tattoos...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Rick Owens Step Team In a drastic departure from what you would expect during Paris Fashion Week, designer Rick Owens replaced traditional runway models with a team of "plus-size" step dancers. From challenging the norms of classic aesthetics...
CULTURE
WeAreUnlikeYou
Certain things come to mind when the words "modeling agency" are mentioned. Rarely do those things include cabaret artists, stand-up comedians or burlesque performers. The new Berlin-based agency WeAreUnlikeYou aims to change that by finding individuals...
CULTURE
Horikazu + Spiritual Skin
As one of the oldest forms of body decoration and religious art, tattooing plays a significant role in cultures all over the world. While the custom has been extensively documented, few published works present such detail as Traditional Tattoo in...
CULTURE
Forever: The New Tattoo
In part an examination of tattoo's notable rising stars, Nick Schonberger's "Forever: The New Tattoo" from Gestalten focuses on 16 of the industry's most innovative artists. From prominent names like Scott Campbell to underground talents, the work...
STYLE
Inklings
For the fainthearted tattoo enthusiast, Inklings supplies authentic-looking ink in temporary form. Following in the footsteps of Tattly, the basic concept brings stick-on designs out of the schoolyard and into the realm of skin fashion. While Tattly...
CULTURE
Tom Gilmour Illustration
Creating work dominated by occult imagery, nomadic themes and heavy linework, London-based illustrator Tom Gilmour says he finds inspiration in "black tattoo art and early 80's skateboard graphics" to achieve a powerful aesthetic akin to something...
DESIGN
Diesel "Only the Brave Tattoo" Gallery
Advertorial content: To commemorate the release of their new fragrance, Only The Brave Tattoo, Diesel invites the worldwide community of inked individuals to share their unique body art and the story behind their tattoo. Launching today, the Only...
CULTURE
Best of CH 2011: Five Cool Hunting Videos
All week we'll be looking back on the past year of CH to resurface our favorite stories and moments. For starters, it was a great year of Cool Hunting Videos—we made some new friends in our native New York and around the globe—trekking...
CULTURE
Canyon Castator and the Brooklyn Night Bazaar
by Frank Galland Founded by Aaron Broudo, Brooklyn Night Bazaar brings the inspirational energy and madness of Southeast Asian night markets to a 40,000 square foot former carpet warehouse on the Williamsburg waterfront 15-17 December 2011. Broudo...
DESIGN
Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Watch The Throne Check out this hilariously unbridled review of the recent hit album "Watch The Throne," alternately making comparisons to lesbians or skipping over lily pads. Going through track by track, the crit is entertaining, insightful...
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